Job Opening

Department/Office: Office Of The Special Envoy Of The Secretary-General On The Great Lakes Region
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 29 July 2021 - 10 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-SESG-160322-D-Nairobi (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region in Nairobi. Nairobi is classified as a family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General.

The Director of the Political Affairs Unit is responsible for the provision of general direction and coordination of the Office's activities related to political analysis, strategy, outreach and reporting. S/he leads the work of the Office's Political Affairs Unit in the coordination and assessment of the implementation of the Peace and Security Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region, particularly, supporting the Special Envoy’s engagements on the national and international commitments of the Framework and other relevant Resolutions of the Security Council.


Under the overall guidance of the Special Envoy and within limits of delegated authority, the Director will perform the following duties:

Political Analysis and Advice –
•Identify, analyze and monitor political developments and emerging issues related to the mandate of the Special Envoy and the Office.
•Assess their implications and make recommendations to the Office leadership on possible strategies, policies and other measures to advance mandated objectives, including plans of action for immediate and long-range solutions to political problems.
•Devise a workplan in support of the implementation of the Office's mandate. Support the Special Envoy's good offices, and confidence building initiatives in the region, including the conduct of peaceful, transparent and inclusive elections and related dialogue processes.
•Develop appropriate strategies and advise on addressing the root causes of conflicts in eastern DRC and their impacts on the region.

Outreach and Partnership –
•Engage relevant actors in the Great Lakes region as well as other partners in support of the mandate of the Special Envoy, including on ways to address persisting political and security challenges in the region.
•Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with the national authorities of the region, political and community leaders, civil society actors, the UN Country teams and other national and international partners on political and policy matters.

•Monitor, evaluate and report on the implementation of the UN Strategy for the Great Lakes Region and its Action Plan.
•Liaise with the African Union, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, the Southern African Development Community, and other relevant continental and regional organizations, as appropriate, on the implementation of the PSC Framework.

Reporting –
•Ensure regular, timely and high-quality reporting on developments and issues pertaining to the mandates in particular on political issues. Oversee the preparation of timely reports, reviews and analyses as well as periodical reports such as the Secretary-General's reports to the Security Council, briefings to the Security Council and other such documents on developments pertaining to the implementation of the PSC Framework and other mandate-related issues in the region, including the conduct of peaceful, inclusive and transparent elections and dialogue processes.
•Lead preparations of summary and analytical reports, including situation reports, briefing notes, notes on meetings and code cables, as well as statements and speeches. Oversee the preparation of contextual information materials, such as background notes, position papers and political profiles.

Internal Guidance and Coordination –
•Provide guidance for the political work of all Office components and ensure that they are in accordance with the political mandate of the Office.
•Liaise with MONUSCO on a regular basis to ensure complimentarily with the activities of OSESG-GL including the good offices of the Special Envoy, and support to MONUSCO on issues related to the DRC, including through participation in regional mechanisms, as appropriate.

Management –
•Formulate and manage the implementation of the Political Affairs Unit's programme of work, determining priorities and activities that are in accordance with the mandate.
•Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff; participate in the selection of new staff.
• Perform other relevant duties requested by the Special Envoy.


Professionalism: Knowledge of working on or in the Great Lakes region of Africa. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Managerial Competencies
Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent degree) in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Law or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Over 15 years of progressively responsible experience in political or diplomatic work in bilateral, international, or multilateral organizations is required.
Extensive experience in political outreach, analysis, reporting and negotiation in an international setting is required.
Experience in representing an Office or Organization at senior level is required. Experience of managing a large and multidisciplinary team or office is required.
Experience of working in a conflict or post-conflict setting at national level or in international NGOs, regional or international organizations is desirable.
Experience of working on or in the Great Lakes region of Africa in political affairs, diplomacy or a related field is desirable.
Experience in leading complex political initiatives and processes, or effective contribution to mediation, political negotiations or dialogue processes is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process.

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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